2017年3月15日 星期三

dotty, pretty, durability, odeon, connect the dots

Trump tells big lies, attacks the independent press, and slashes funding for research. Connect the dots.

---Poetry can’t be as confident about its own durability. Poetry has justified itself historically by asserting that no matter how small its audience or dotty its practitioners, it remains the place one goes for the highest of High Art.

在倫敦西區劇場(Odeon West End)

(ō-dē'əm, ō'dē-) pronunciation
n., pl., o·de·a (ō-dē'ə, ō'dē-ə).
  1. A small building of ancient Greece and Rome used for public performances of music and poetry.
  2. A contemporary theater or concert hall.
[Latin ōdēum, from Greek ōideion, from aoidē, ōidē, song. See ode.]

Apparently, no one is "too pretty" to do their homework.
JC Penney announced Wednesday that it has stopped selling a girls t-shirt with the tag line: "I'm too pretty to do homework so my brother has to do it for me."
The controversial shirt had been available online, but critics quickly took to the Internet to register their disgust with the slogan. An online petition garnered more than 1,600 signatures before declaring victory Wednesday afternoon.
Here’s the statement JC Penney issued to the petition organizers:
We agree that the “Too pretty” t-shirt does not deliver an appropriate message, and we have immediately discontinued its sale. Our merchandise is intended to appeal to a broad customer base, not to offend them. We would like to apologize for any concern we may have caused and assure you that we are taking action to ensure that we continue to uphold the integrity of our merchandise that [our customers] have come to expect.
The product page has been taken down, but the Village Voice notes that the original sales pitch for the shirt was: “Who has time for homework when there's a new Justin Bieber album out? She'll love this tee that's just as cute and sassy as she is."
For posterity’s sake, here’s a screen grab of the offending t-shirt in all its sexist glory:

his·tor·i·cal (hĭ-stôr'ĭ-kəl, -stŏr'-) pronunciation
    1. Of or relating to the character of history.
    2. Based on or concerned with events in history.
    3. Used in the past: historical costumes; historical weapons.
  1. Important or famous in history. See Usage Note at historic.
  2. Diachronic.
historically his·tor'i·cal·ly adv.
historicalness his·tor'i·cal·ness n.
adj. - 歷史的, 歷史上的, 史實的
  • historical fiction 歷史小說

日本語 (Japanese)
adj. - 歴史の, 歴史上の, 史実に基づく, 歴史的な
  • historical fiction 歴史的フィクション

A partially solved connect the dots puzzle.
Connect the dots (also known as dot to dot or join the dots) is a form of puzzle containing a sequence of numbered dots.[1] When a line is drawn connecting the dots the outline of an object is revealed. The puzzles frequently contain simple line art to enhance the image created or to assist in rendering a complex section of the image. Connect the dots puzzles are generally created for children. The use of numbers can be replaced with letters or other symbols.
In adult discourse the phrase "connect the dots" can be used as a metaphor to illustrate an ability (or inability) to associate one idea with another, to find the "big picture", or salient feature, in a mass of data.[2]

1 UK INFORMAL slightly strange or mentally ill:
a dotty old womanJohn Simpson: I think the last main one was when the second edition of
the OED was published back in 1989 and we had a number of different
parties for readers and contributors and academics who used to review
our entries.

Simon Winchester: It must be a pretty extraordinary party of a bunch
of very dotty people all coming together, drinking bad sherry.

2 UK OLD-FASHIONED be dotty about sb/sth to like or love someone or something very much or be very interested in them:
Jean's absolutely dotty about cats.

dottiness Show phonetics
noun [U]

Toy recall can make you dotty

Laura Brader-Araje had just ordered two sets of Aquadots when she learned about the recall.
If you're wondering, "What's an Aquadot?" you don't have young children who watch the boob tube.
This is a craft kit with little beads that you place close together in a design of your choosing. You then spray the design with water, and some chemical coating on the beads causes them to fuse together.
The product has been hawked relentlessly for months on Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network and other kid-oriented channels.
The ads work. My crafty (in more ways than one) 4-year-old talked them up so much I bought a set last summer.
Brader-Araje, one of those conscientious Chapel Hill moms who probably limits TV more than I do, told me she discovered the Aquadots online while searching for birthday gifts for her second daughter.
They hadn't arrived in the mail when she learned that the products sold between April and November were faulty.
More than that, they are dangerous.
Turns out, the coating that makes the dots fuse can be toxic if too many of the dots are swallowed by a child. According to reports, the chemicals mimic the date-rape drug rohypnol. One toddler swallowed a few dozen dots, started vomiting and ended up in a coma.
Another young child swallowed an unspecified number of dots and ended up in the hospital for five days.
Both children survived. But ... yikes.
The distributor, Spinmaster, and the nation's Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a voluntary recall of the kits.
Unfortunately, the news comes after several other mainstream toy recalls this summer -- from Thomas the Tank Engine to Polly Pockets.
We've become rather experienced at the recall drill. Return, receive new toy or refund. No hassles; no questions asked.
So when the boxes of Aquadots did arrive at the Brader-Araje house, Laura called for a return label.
She was told by Amazon that the Aquadots recall needs to go through Spinmaster, which distributes a host of toys.
That's where things got weird.
Brader-Araje dutifully called Spinmaster on its recall hotline; she waited 40 minutes but got through (a feat I was not able to achieve Friday).
What to do with the dots? She was instructed to open the boxes, pour the dots in a cylinder and take a photo of them to e-mail to the company. Then the company would send her new Aquadots!
Funny, Brader-Araje, who has four children 6 years and under, doesn't want new kits, thanks. Her 2 1/2 year old, as she puts it, will eat anything that's pretty. And she has a 5-month-old who will be following suit. The recall didn't exactly inspire trust.
The company's other solution: to send two of its other toys, an airplane and a teddy bear.
Brader-Araje doesn't want those. She wants her 50 bucks back.
Most of all, Brader-Araje, like all of us with young children, would like to have confidence in the stuff we buy. Perhaps in today's economy, that's just too much to ask.
SHEEHAN ON RADIO: Listen to Ruth on the Bill LuMaye show on WPTF-680 AM at 3 p.m. today.